PRODUCT REVIEW - Freenote Cloth Natural Denim

Summer is here and it's time to lighten the weight and the color of your denim this summer. Feel free to continue to work on your 14 oz fades, but trust, you will want a break when the temperatures rise. I suggest the 12 oz selvage natural denim from Freenote Cloth.

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I have been wearing these for over a month now and I am a huge fan. Not only has the lighter weight been good as it heats up, but the wider leg makes for a roomier fit during the summer months. The fit is similar to Freenote worker chinos, baggier in the thigh with a slight taper at the ankle. I did not hem these at 33", but instead gave them two cuff rolls and good to go. Having a cuff roll gives you the ability to show off the red line selvage stripe.

As far as sizing, my recommendation is size up one from your normal Freenote denim. I normally wear a 32 and sized to a 33. So far there doesn't seem to be as much stretch as raw denim and they have kept their shape.

Don't be afraid this summer to shake up the wardrobe and add some white pants to the mix. You can wear them two ways, crisp and clean never allowing any dirt to touch them or beat them up. My goal this summer is to beat them and get them dirty. Let me know how you will wear yours this summer.

 

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Father's Day Lessons

My father influenced my taste for being a gentleman in life, and made me the man I am today. This Father's Day, I am celebrating my dad and my future father-in-law with a glass of Elijah Craig bourbon and sharing how each is important in my life.

Growing up in Colorado, I learned many things from my dad; how to love, the importance of hard work, and fixing things around the house. OK, so the last one I am still learning, a trip to Home Depot still feels like visiting a foreign country, but I am hoping to one day learn. My dad can literally fix anything and I would like to be that handy one day, especially as I am about to start a new life and get married.

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In less than a month, I get to marry my best friend and I vow to love my future wife, MARLENE MARTINEZ, like my dad has loved my mom for over 44 years. I remember growing up seeing how much my dad cared for my mom and I soaked that up through the years. This year Father's Day is special as I gain the wisdom and experience of my wife's, father. The life lessons my father has taught me have developed me into a man my future father-in-law is happy to welcome into their family.

Devin's Parents - John and Darleen McGovern

Devin's Parents - John and Darleen McGovern

Marlene's Parents - Marciano and Mercedes Martinez

Marlene's Parents - Marciano and Mercedes Martinez

My dad lives in my hometown of Boulder, Colorado, so many Father's Days have been spent with cards, gifts and phone calls. I celebrate my dad not just on Father's Day, but during the moments we get to see each other like Christmas and his favorite holiday, 4th of July.

Along with marriage, comes new family and I am excited to be spending this Father's Day with my future father-in-law. Sharing a good laugh and a good drink as we look forward to a new life together. ELIJAH CRAIG bourbon brings us together to celebrate our new journey and new life with his beautiful daughter.

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Bags and Buffalo Jackson Trading Co.

Pack a bag, load up the car up and head out of town. This is generally how Marlene and I spend our weeks. Either an adventure to Yosemite, up the central coast to Cambria or merely bouncing around Los Angeles, we live our life in bags. A new favorite bag for all occasions is the Denver Duffle from Buffalo Jackson Trading Co.

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We always like to travel in style, so do it right out of the gate with a stylish bag like this duffle from Buffalo Jackson. I've been rocking those on all my travels for the last month. I've noticed, the great thing about a duffle bag is it serves multiple purposes. I first used it as a weekender on some recent one and two day getaway trips. Packed a pair of pants, a couple shirts like the Glenfield Flannel above, and still had enough room for another pair of boots. This bag is also great for a week-long trip somewhere warm. You can pack enough spring/summer attire to last you the whole week and still give you some room to bring back some gifts.

My favorite part is the heavy duty leather. Made from 100% cow leather, this bag feels durable and built to last. It comes with two carry handles and an over-the-shoulder strap. The shoulder strap is key as sometimes your hands are full (with coffee of course), so it's nice to sling it over your shoulder and hit the road.

So if you find yourself heading out this summer, get yourself a stylish leather bag that will last a lifetime. For more info and to check out more of their bags, head to their website.

www.buffalojackson.com

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Summertime

As the beginning of summer approaches, I'm always taken back to a time as a kid in Colorado. I remember every May sitting in the classroom, the snow finally melting (literally my parents just had snow two days before ago), staring out the window longing to be out there. Anywhere out there as long as I wasn't in here.

While I stared out the window, I would plan out my spring/summer wardrobe. Short sleeves, shorts, and sunglasses. Here are a handful of my favorite pieces so far this season for you to add to your closet. Starting with a couple heavy duty wovens from Rogue Territory below that I picked up from my favorite shop in Laguna Beach, North Menswear.

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Weekend at the Ranch - Cambria

Oceanpoint Ranch, located on the Central Coast of California in the quaint town of Cambria, is the perfect setting for a couples getaway or even a women's weekend. So we loaded up the Prius and headed up the coast.

Oceanpoint Ranch, our lodge for the weekend, is really a home away from home. It is quaint, yet beautiful. Remnants of a vintage motel along the coast connecting the big cities of LA and San Francisco.  Mixed with a modern edge, the lodge itself has plenty of activities. We engaged in a round of lawn croquet, drank wine and late night s'mores by the fire. With a quick walk to the beach, you'll pass an old windmill and barn as if you are in a Turner Classic Movie.

Moonstone Beach is picturesque in every way. The perfect spot for a sunset stroll as you wait to be seated at the seafood hotspot, The Sea Chest. But get there early, doors open at 5:30pm and the lines begin as early as 3:00pm.

There's more to do in the town of Cambria when you finally get a chance to break away. You can spend the day exploring the shops, restaurants and of course coffee spots. Cambria Coffee roasts their own beans right next to the shop, so fresh and worth checking out during your stay. We rounded out our meals with breakfast on the patio at Creekside Gardens and some amazing deli sandwiches from The Cafe.

Another must see location while in Cambria, is the famous Hearst Castle. Just a few miles North of Oceanpoint Ranch, the majestic home of the late William Randolph Hearst sits atop the mountains of San Simeon. Might we recommend a wine tasting or two down at the Hearst Ranch Winery before you begin the historical journey. 

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Wedding Invitations For Him, Too

We have been counting down until our wedding and with less than 100 days to go, it is time to send out the invites. A good rule of thumb, if you don't know, is to send them out two months before the date. This is according to The Knot and other wedding publications.

So here we are three months out and it's time to order wedding invitations. We searched around the Internet as well as visiting brick & mortar and at first just couldn't find anything we liked. Most of it was very generic or out of our budget. Then, we came across a new to the wedding invitation game, Paper Culture, an eco-friendly company based in Northern California.

Typically, invitations are a bride focused task but Paper Culture is something that grooms can get involved with. From the beginning, we have done our very best to work as a team and not make it just the bride or just the groom does.

Requesting a sample kit is free and easy. That way you can see new designs up close and personal and figure out what suits you best. There is also a DIY option for uploading and designing your own invitations. 

Paper Culture also gives you free designer assistance. Meaning you can know absolutely nothing about invitations and they will guide you through custom colors, layouts, and logos all before you even order. Their 100% customer satisfaction guarantee ensures that you and the future Mrs get exactly what you want. Most importantly, a tree is planted with every order–even though their cards are made with 100% post-consumer recycled paper. Talk about a new beginning. 

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Winter with Tommy John's

I recently took a trip to Estes Park, Colorado with a group of California kids to experience a little winter. We just missed the blizzard that enveloped the state and the mountains. As customary to Colorado, the weather had shifted and warmed up by the time we arrived the first weekend in March. We still had snow under our feet and the cold on our faces, but we missed out on snowflakes falling from the sky. Instead the sun was out, in its early stages of melting the snow and readying itself for spring.

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Armed with gear from Tommy John, we set about exploring the Rockies. Our first layer and the most important is boxers. We guys don't always like to think about or shop for underwear, but let's be honest, bad and uncomfortable undies can ruin your whole day. Hiking in the great outdoors is the last place you want to be have bunching or riding drawers, so we suited up with the Air Icon Boxer Briefs

To cushion our feet, we took the Performance socks for a test and they held up, keeping our feet warm and dry. In addition, we sported the Performance Tech zip-up, which was a great layering piece for the cold and wind. This lightweight, yet breathable zip-up was great as the first layer underneath a flannel and down jacket. Not having to worry about the essential garments, made for a more enjoyable adventure in the Rocky Mountain state.

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The Georgian - Staycation

Sometimes you don't have to go far to get away. This past weekend we stayed close to home and spent some time together at The Georgian Hotel in Santa Monica. A stone's throw away from the beach and Santa Monica Pier. Just around the block is Third Street Promenade for shopping, dining and movie going. You get the best of both worlds: city life with a cool calm beach atmosphere. 

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This historic hotel with its art deco vibe transcends you back to the glamours days of old Hollywood.On our stay we were able to fully escape in a spacious ocean view room. Starting our day off right with an ocean breeze at The Veranda Restaurant enjoying french toast soufflé and a cappuccino – what more can you ask for? 

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The shopping at Third Street will make you feel like Hollywood royalty with their selection of upscale retail stores, dining, bars, and movie theaters. Watch out for the paparazzi though– they'll get you coming or going.   

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With a quick walk across the bridge you will find yourself in full fun zone mode at the Santa Monica Pier. Family restaurants, arcade, and the iconic ferris wheel and roller coaster will transport you to an amusement park right on the ocean. The Georgian is a one stop shop for relaxing daytime entertainment and exciting Los Angeles night life.  

www.georgianhotel.com

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Winc Wine

A great gift this Valentine's Day is something you can share together. Or if you are celebrating Han Solo, an even BETTER gift is something you don't have to share. We have teamed up with Winc to make buying and trying wine easier. Try Winc by clicking here and receive a special 4 bottles for only $30. Plus who doesn't love complementary shipping? Promo code 'outlined' already applied. 

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Winc makes the process of ordering wine easy. Once you click the link above, Winc will ask you about some of your favorite foods and flavors, the site will then choose the top four wines that match your favorite flavor profiles. So if you don't know much about wine, Winc has you covered ;)

A few stand outs for us have been Loves Me Not a 2016 Malvasia Blanca, One From The Quiver a 2016 Malbec, and Passarola a 2015 white blend. So sit back, chillax, and treat your loved ones with the gift the keeps on giving. 

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Winter Layering

When it comes to layering, don't let fashion rules control what you can and can't do. Who says the jacket has to be the outer most layer, why not wear a flannel over, as seen below. If it's cold out there, why not wear two sweaters? Is it possible to wear two button down's, if the colors complement each other and the fabric's vary, but stay within the same season, then do it. My one suggestion is don't over do it, there is such a thing is too many layers. Too many layers can make you look bulky and unless you are trying to get back at your roommate, keep the layers to no more than three long sleeved items. Below are 7 ways to layer this season.

LOOK 1 - Sweater over a button up

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LOOK 2 - Jacket with a tee

LOOK 3 - Jacket over a button up or flannel

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LOOK 4 - Sport coat over a sweater

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LOOK 5 - Flannel over a denim jacket

LOOK 6 - Sweater over a sweater

LOOK 7 - Three layers MAX

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Too many layers.

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